In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has been an oratorio that has attracted me to its music since the beginning of high school. Every year in December my high school performs selections from Messiah as a community event. In my sophomore year of high school my chorus class studied Messiah and its origins. [I feel that] Handel’s work is attractive to me because it gives life to Biblical events. I have never read the Holy Bible straight through, but I have learned that Handel took the exact words from the Holy Bible and put them to music to create his Messiah. This particular oratorio still has relevant messages for our world today because it is timeless. The oratorio, Messiah, can speak to those who may not understand words on a page, but receive them when to music."
"Handel's Messiah:A Heaven on Earth,"
Verbum: Vol. 4
, Article 12.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol4/iss1/12